As we approach the new year, it is time to consider our resolutions and how we might improve ourselves and the lives of those around us. A meaningful way to do so is by committing to a cleaner and more sustainable lifestyle. Here are 5 sustainable resolutions we at Everlight Solar recommend for a brighter future.
Resolution #1: Practice Conscious Consumerism
Becoming a conscious consumer is key to living a healthy, sustainable life. To become a conscious consumer, commit to researching your products: where they come from, how they are made, and most importantly, their impact on our planet. We can make a massive difference if we all take a few minutes out of our day before buying groceries to research their environmental impacts.
Resolution #2: Limit Phantom Energy
The term “phantom energy” applies to electronics or chargers that, while not in active use, are still plugged in and use energy. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that phantom energy drives homeowners’ power bills up by more than $200 a year, and the amount wasted could have powered 11,000,000 homes.
You can resolve to fight phantom energy by unplugging chargers or smaller devices that are in use. Such a simple action can reduce the waste of energy and make your home more efficient.
Resolution #3: Use Reusable Bags
Another of our sustainable resolutions is to reduce plastic waste, which is one of the most vital steps we can take to preserve our planet. A far more eco-friendly option is to purchase renewable bags instead. Plastic bags can take up to 400 years to break down in a landfill. Meanwhile, reusable bags have a far more negligible impact. Reusable bags are often constructed from recycled materials. They also have a far longer lifespan than single-use plastic bags.
Resolution #4: Reduce Paper Towels
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, paper towels are one of the most common landfill items. Over 6,500,000 tons of paper towels find their way to landfills in the U.S. alone. An alternative to paper towels is reusable cloth towels, which can be washed and used multiple times. Reducing paper towel usage is a powerful way to commit to reducing our waste.
Resolution #5: Go Organic
While organic food tends to be more expensive, purchasing ethically raised products benefits the planet’s health and yours! In the case of organic food, farmers sustainably grow and source their products. As a result, organic food requires far less energy and resources. If you purchase locally sourced products, you can also cut down on carbon emissions used to transport products.
One of the most impactful ways to commit to a more sustainable future is to go solar. Incorporating solar energy into your home’s energy system reduces carbon emissions and utilizes a limitless energy source. Contact Everlight Solar to switch to clean energy today and resolve yourself to a greener new year!